June 2007


In the July issue of the Economist’s Chicago City Briefing:

The “Chicago Outfit” – which began with Al Capone and is reputed to run much of Chicago’s black market - is on trial and it is thought to be one of the largest mob trials in Chicago’s history.

The John H. Stroger junior hospital closed a 26 bed ward in May and faces growing fiscal problems.

Almost 1000 pounds of marijuana were found on the South Side in a garage. The estimated street value is nearly three million dollars. 

Construction of a new runway at O’Hare will begin this summer and is expected to be ready in 2008. 

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The large planters on the last block of East Randolph (across from Outer Drive East) have been removed. For the past couple of weeks, these had been blocking pedestrians and causing people to have to walk into the street to pass.

See previous post with photos — http://blog.new-eastside.com/planters-along-randolph/

Also, see Richard Ward’s letter to the Alderman and the statement from Brendan Reilly — http://blog.new-eastside.com/planters-along-randolph/#comments 

Of course it would be nice if the community finally got the Pedway and we could walk underground.

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Mary Owen of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about the recent Lollapalooza meeting at Roosevelt University hosted by GPAC. Chicago sign a five year deal last October to hold the 3-day concert in Grant Park following the success of last year’s concert.

However, a number of neighborhood residents had complained about the noise levels and are concerned that scant attention is being paid to local and state noise statutes. The concert will be held August 3rd through the 5th this year.

From the Chicago Tribune – “The stage changes weren’t enough for Richard Ward, president of the New Eastside Association of Residents, who said he’s frustrated because it appears to him that local and state agencies will not enforce noise ordinances. “It’s one thing to have three hours of music, but 39 hours?” Ward said.”

 Full article – http://www.chicagotribune.com:80/entertainment/chi-lollapaloozajun19,1,3870498.storybuy viagra cialis online canada lowest cost generic cialis buy cialis viagra online cheap cialis online with prescription buy cialis black online price for cialis pills cheap generic cialis uk online
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Magellan Development Group has published the Spring edition of the Currents Newsletter promoting Lakeshore East and the area.

Topics include: – Lakeshore East named “2007 Development of the Year” by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, 340 Sales Office moved to Lakeshore East, Aqua Breaks Ground, Sales Office to Move to Shoreham, Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Design, Regatta Orientation Program, Cafe Roma to open in Shoreham, and 340 on the Park and Chandler “Top Out”.

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In the past week a bunch of planters have appeared along Randolph St.

On the east end of the street on the south side across from Outer Drive East this presents a problem as the sidewalk was not very wide to begin with and now more than half the sidewalk has been claimed by the behemoth planters. 

Click on the thumbnail to view the full photo.

Doing the Randolph Weave

I just missed it in this photo but picture the “weave” pedestrians must now engage in when passing others along the sidewalk. Our family’s double stroller barely fits on the remaining strip of sidewalk. You can imagine with passing groups or during special events such as the Fourth of July fireworks how sidewalk traffic will have to spill out into the streets potentially causing obstacles for drivers.

Also, in this photo you can see a city worker or contractor picking up a beer can that has already been attracted by the planter. Not only do they block the sidewalks, but they also serve as garbage bins by passers-by.

Click on the thumbnail to view the full photo. 

Garbage being attracted by planters

In talking with several other residents about the poorly planned decision to place planters on this sidewalk, one person mentioned “where’s Natarus when you need him?” Well, we do have an Alderman who the majority of voters in the Ward voted for in the last election – Ald. Brendan Reilly who just recently took office.

You can call his office @ (312) 642-4242. Tell him to look at the photos at http://blog.new-eastside.com or come out and watch the “Randolph weave” himself. By the way, Mayor Daley’s office number is (312) 744-3300. I’m sure it would not hurt to call his office as well.
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